Citing “privacy” rights of dead terrorist Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the administration of Governor Deval Patrick is refusing to release records on what kind of government benefits the oldest brother was receiving.
I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, being that this is a state whose residents saw fit to repeatedly send Ted Kennedy and John Kerry to the Senate.
The Patrick administration clamped down the lid yesterday on Herald requests for details of Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s government benefits, citing the dead terror mastermind’s right to privacy.
Across the board, state agencies flatly refused to provide information about the taxpayer-funded lifestyle for the 26-year-old man and his brother and accused accomplice Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19.
On EBT card status or spending, state welfare spokesman Alec Loftus would only say Tamerlan Tsarnaev, his wife and 3-year-old daughter received benefits that ended in 2012. He declined further comment.
On unemployment compensation, labor department spokesman Kevin Franck refused to say whether Tamerlan Tsarnaev ever collected, saying it was “confidential and not a matter of public record.”
On Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s college aid, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth spokesman Robert Connolly said, “It is our position — and I believe the accepted position in higher education — that student records including academic records and financial records (including financial aid) cannot under federal law be released without a student’s consent.”
On cellphones, the Federal Communications Commission would not say whether either brother had a government-paid cellphone, also citing privacy laws.
On housing, Cambridge officials and the family’s landlord ducked questions on whether the brothers were ever on Section 8 assistance.
The Herald reported yesterday that Tamerlan Tsarnaev, his wife and 3-year-old daughter collected welfare until 2012 and that both Tamerlan and Dzhokhar received benefits through their parents “for a limited portion” of the time after they came to the U.S., which was around 2002.
However, the Department of Transitional Assistance wouldn’t release information about how long or how much they received.
The administration was slammed by a Democratic congressman who insisted the public has a right to know how taxpayers were underwriting the accused jihadist Tsarnaevs.
“It’s certainly relevant information that should be made public,” U.S. Rep. Stephen F. Lynch told the Herald. “There’s a national security interest No. 1. Secondly, there’s also a public interest in finding out whether these individuals were able to exploit the system and get benefits they weren’t entitled to.”
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev lies hospitalized and facing capital charges that include using a weapon of mass destruction that killed three people and injured 260 near the Boston Marathon finish line.
Taxpayers — already on the hook for Tsarnaev’s court-appointed attorneys in the terror plot — continue to pay his mounting medical bills at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
The public also paid for Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s attorney when the Russian national successfully fought criminal charges in 2009 that he battered a former girlfriend.
I especially liked these comments:
You can’t make this crap up… Not only does deval willfully welcome the illegal invasion of foreign nationals into this state, support them financially and put their rights ahead of their citizens, that he now believes that a dead terrorist should be afforded more rights and privacy than the citizens they tried to kill, and now it appears that his lemmings like you tb agree with him. So you apparently believe the rights of terrorists supersede the rights of their victim as well. . . . . . I bet a rape victim, having every single and trivial aspect of her life exposed and destroyed by some scumbag defense attorney would like to be afforded those same privileges…
This is looking more and more like a massive cover to protect the Democratic party. This kid is in the hospital all drugged up on pain killers and barely able to speak. A judge mysteriously appears to read him his Miranda rights during FBI questioning to shut him up before the truth comes out. That doesn’t look good. Obama and Napolitano have failed in homeland security. She should resign immediately. Deval is protecting his reputation for his presidential aspirations in 2016. Very pathetic. Now the welfare benefits are the nail in the coffin and a slap in the face for the victims of April 15th and the hard working taxpayers of this state. These lowlifes lost their right to privacy the second the first bomb exploded. Revoke the citizenship of the younger brother. He obviously took the oath of citizenship under false pretenses. Open the welfare records!!! Let see how badly we are getting jipped. Also, we should have a recall election for governor. Deval is not looking out for our security and should be removed ASAP.
Living off are tax money and yet he can afford to go to Russia for 6 months ? You bet they some splainin to do.The terrorist are literally mocking you to death Progressives.What a freakin travesty.From the white house to the Senate to beacon hill,nothing but lies and cover ups.